The Sunday Salon: Dining With Books

I must confess–I read books while I eat. Not with company, of course, unless that company is also reading, in which case we eat and read together. (Did I mention my college is awesome?) It’s a mix of wanting to continue the story so badly and not wasting any precious reading time in the day, I think.

To this day, I still associate the Redwall novels with cheddar cheese and table crackers. (This was, of course, in the days when I could still eat cheese and hadn’t realized you could wear different shoes everyday.) I would come home from middle school with a copy of Marlfox from the school library and sit down to read with my after-school snack. The lavish descriptions of well-aged cheese in the books certainly helped to cement the association, and the cheeses of Redwall are really the only fictional foods that have stuck with me over the years.

I have breakfast reading down to an art–tuck the edge of the book underneath the plate when necessary, like when you need to crack the shell of a hard-boiled egg or cut something up, but try and keep your right hand on the book and the book a little farther away from the plate. (Nearly everything I read comes from a library, and I don’t want to be taken away by librarians in the night for getting syrup on a library copy.) That’s usually when I read and eat–I get up very early, so I’m usually one of the first people in my dining hall. And a good breakfast and a few pages of your current read is really a wonderful way to start the day.

In other news, I finished Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. It’s taking me a while to put my thoughts together, but I recently realized what it was, so that should up tomorrow. Right now I’m reading Kathy Peiss’ Hope in a Jar, which is about America’s beauty culture. So far, Peiss has been even-handed about the pros and cons of the beauty industry, although I think she’s focusing more on the pros of the beauty industry’s effect on women. I’m home for spring break, but I have a cold that is apparently trying to escape through my nasal cavity, so I’m mostly down for the count. I’m staying home and resting, but tonight, I’m watching the Oscars, with plenty of goodies from Trader Joe’s. I love watching the Oscars, I have to say–waiting up for the Best Picture, cackling at the screen, waiting for the musical numbers… ah. Good times.

Do you read while you eat?

13 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Dining With Books

  1. If I say, “No, but I eat while I read,” it makes me sound a bit like Alice in Wonderland, doesn’t it?

    Reading during the lunch hour is one of my favorite indulgences. So refreshing!

  2. I read while I eat too. 🙂

    I read The Magicians last year and while I liked it, felt a little conflicted about it at the same time. I’m looking forward to your review.

  3. I do quite a bit of eating while reading as well; something I’ve actually been trying to cut down on as my hips have managed to become a zip code. 🙂 And yay for the Oscars! While I in no way believe they actually award the ‘best’ films, they are still a fun time for movie lovers.

  4. I admit, I also read while I eat and eat when I read. Anything, from newspapers, to books, short stories, reviews and also reports (when the work pressure is on) – I read these, I don’t eat them! Life would be unbearable without books. As you say, sometimes company gets in the way 🙂 unless we read together.

  5. I do eat while I read. When I was a kid, two of my sisters and my mother and I would all read books, while my younger sister and my father chatted about their day (they are just chatty people). My younger sister’s best friend used to love coming to our place for dinner because we let her read while she ate. I’ve never got out of the habit, I’m afraid!

  6. I only read while I eat if I’m alone; I like/prefer chatting with people over food. 🙂 But I do listen to audiobooks while I’m cooking! (and doing pretty much anything else)

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